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Sharm el Sheikh is a city that basically didn't exist 30 years ago. Built exclusively for tourists, this place is a little different from Cairo (and looks a lot like the outskirts of Vegas, just off the strip - with trash littering the streets next to the relatively new and strikingly white buildings). We didn't know what to expect, but we booked …
... so I guess we disappointed them.
We wondered the length of the beach looking for the "public" beach area. On the way, we found a sign for "Happy Hour" from noon to 1pm. After more wandering we found the "public" beach. But by that time it was noon....so we went back to our first find - HAPPY Hour - and had some Egyptian beers with some ...
... or Cairo too. And it's no wonder the Israelites needed manna. All there is in this part of the world is rocks.
So we have armed military guards - eight of them, I think. One military vehicle is in front of us (to hit the land mines first?), and one is behind. I would be nervous, except that I like a little adventure, and our tour guide, Bruce Porter, is giving a really interesting lecture on Cain, Abel, and priesthood authority as we ...
Originally I was supposed to leave for Aqaba in Jordan the next morning. But after having such a nice massage by Ahmed "the Shark"? The relaxing evening by the beach and the spectacular diving, leaving did not seem like the obvious choice. The holiday feeling had only just kicked in. So I stayed. As it turns out, I stayed for two more days. I had a wonderfully lazy day at the beach, snorkelling, swimming and reading. I even joined a yoga class in the morning. At ...
... were even a lot of signs posted in Russia. All of the local shops and tourists guides speak fluent Russian, but they had a tough time understanding my American English accent. Not many Americans come here and mostly England English come here.
The beaches in Sharm are actually not that great, but the atmosphere is. The hotels are off the beach, but they buy a very small piece of beach to allocate to its guests. The walk from the hotel to beach ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Ocean Club Hotel Sharm El-Sheikh
Looking at some of the earlier reviews someone said this hotel is like a 3 star hotel.
We have just come back from a week here and thought we would add a quick review.
Stayed at the Ocean Club for the last week in March after booking with Explorers via lastminute.com. This was advertised as a 3 star hotel, but on arrival it had 2 stars on the wall. We needn't have worried. Although the rooms are small, basic and rather dark the glorious weather and the friendly hotel staff more than made up for it. We were not diving so consequently, along with a handful of other sunbathers had the lovely pools to ourselves.
We stayed here last October and thought it was so ideal that we returned here in March. The weather and sea temperatures are better in October (a bit chilly just now at about 24C with a fresh breeze).
We stayed at the Ocean Club hotel in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt in February 2007 for 1 week. We absolutely loved the hotel considering the price we paid (£379 each for flights, transfers & bed and breakfast and this was over the half term week). The hotel rooms are fairly basic so don't expect too much but for us it was very comfortable, twin beds, TV, air con and cleaned everyday.
We returned from Sharm el Sheik over a week ago, the Ocean Club hotel is in an ideal location. If you want a relaxing holiday or an adventure holiday, the Ocean Club is perfect.
2 of us (40-something women who wanted a mixture of activities plus good nightlife) stayed at the Ocean Club Hotel, which is a 12 min taxi ride outside Naarma Bay. The hotel was perfect for our needs. It attracts a lot of divers and has quite a laid-back vibe. The hotel and staff are all courteous, reasonably effiicient and friendly and the cleaner is especially creative. He knows at least 101 different ways to fold your towels - ever seen your entire bed made into a shark with a toilet roll in its mouth? No, then book here! There's a heated pool plus 2 cooler dunk pools. The food isn't glamourous. It's mainly simple and tasty (we didn't get stomach bugs at all during our stay and we ate salads everywhere we went!). Rooms are basic but clean and comfortable. We seemed to meet some really lovely people there - all laid-back, friendly types and the Explorers Club reps (Rani and Hisham) were also really helpful about helping us to book excursions or trips out of town. Naarma Bay itself is a bit of a gilded cage - loads of restaurants, shops and coffee bars all demanding your time and your money. We found a gentler, easier atmosphere at Shark's Bay (15 min cab ride). No hassle here, just lots of people, young and old, having fun and sunbathing. (Ask for Reda and Omar and tell them we sent you. They're 2 lovely guys who will make sure you find a good spot and a comfy sunlounger with mattress. They will also arrange a boat trip for you. There's no pressure though - they're just friendly, helpful, local guys who like to meet people and find out about the world). OR, you can while away the afternoon in the beach cafe smoking a hooker pipe and drinking delicous turkish coffee). We never felt unsafe or threatened on any part of our trip, although we did get ripped off a couple of times over taxi fares and restaurant bills - mainly because we couldn't be bothered to barter for everything or we didn't check first how much to pay! Alcohol can also be expensive (£8 for cocktails at Little Buddha Bar and £4-6 for a bottle of pretty dire wine but, as the Egyptians mostly don't drink they load the tourist prices). Old Sharm is just up the road and we can also thoroughly recommend the Sinai Star - just pitch up and be prepared to eat the most delicious grilled calamari and prawns with rice and tahini and copious salad, all for the equivalent of £6!! There's no menu and it's so popular you may have to queue for a table but that's just another good way to meet people (buy your booze next door as they don't sell it in the restaurant). We also went snorkelling at Ras Mohammed National Park and it was truly stunning. Again, a nice gang on the boat, lovely weather, terrific food (equipment also provided but book extras such as a wetsuit if you need one) and the most amazing reefs! Sharm attracts all nationalities and quite a lot of eastern Europeans. The Russians were out in force over New Year but, apart from their solemn faces and fat cigars, it was hard to take issue with them. The locals, however, don't seem to like their ways. Oh well! There were plenty of Brits, Italians, Dutch and Danish to dilute them. By the way, the weather was cooler than we thought it might be. Definitely coats, jumpers and boots required after dark, although it still reached the mid 20s most days.
We stayed at the Ocean Club Hotel, not the Ocean Bay, which is in Hadaba, 5 minutes' drive from Sharm itself. Both hotels are owned / operated by Explorers.
Great hotel, wonderful for divers
my partner and I stayed for a week in september, and couldn't have had a better time. The hotel itself is spacious, clean and the staff are always helpful. The rooftop bar is really welcoming and the bar food is filling and delicious. However, I do recommend taking stomach medicine, as several people in our party were struck down.
in an amzing location for diving, although not being on the beach (7 km away from Naarma bay) is slightly annoying, however, there is a regular bus service to the centre of the resort.
In general, it would be hard to find a better hotel for the price!!
Top class hotel
Upon arriving at ocean club hotel i was astounded that such a hotel could be classified as 3 star and not higher. The service and facilities were of a very high and more than acceptable standard. The staff were always on hand and willing to help if we had any queries. There was 3 swimming pools, 2 small ones for the little ones or for those who just want to lounge and 1 bigger pool, for the divers and swimmers out there. As for the location...it is an area called Hadaba, which is about a 5-7min taxi ride away from Naama Bay, the main resort area. This location is near to the great snorkelling beach, Fanaar, and the old market. There is also a shop next door to the hotel called Scarabee, which is definitely worth checking out...the guys in there are great and will look after you.